Thank you for the replies. My next question is this; With the increase from $6500 to $9500, would it be more of a sure thing with a trophy size bull? Spending $6500 and coming home with a spike bull or a cow, would be a disappointment for the $$ spent in the big picture.I guide for my friend who is an outfitter. Most hunts in Idaho range from 5500-6500. You can also do a drop camp and hunt on your own from an outfitter camp. Cost depends a little more on the 1 on 1 or 1 on 2 guided hunts. Also, it depends on the class of bull you are looking for and whether it is rut or not hunt. Options are endless really, it is just a matter of budget. We have some trophy hunts but they can be priced pretty high due to the amount of networking and time spent locating 350 plus bulls. If you want big bulls with high success rates AZ, NM, etc have that......and it will cost you dearly.
Since we are splitting hairs. When you refer to 5 figure hunts, this has nothing to do with the Ranching for Wildlife Program. You are referring to 2 different things. These same ranches do guide hunters for a fee. I will not disagree that point. This is the last post I will make on the subject. I will not turn this into an argument, just providing for facts for already confusing process.The last post is INCORRECT regarding the Colorado Ranching For Wildlife program. The public draw for free hunts that amounts to 10% of the tags they are given is what is no longer open to nonresidents. The ranches will gladly take an NRs money to set you up with one of those 5 figure hunts if you can afford it!
Since we are splitting hairs. When you refer to 5 figure hunts, this has nothing to do with the Ranching for Wildlife Program. You are referring to 2 different things. These same ranches do guide hunters for a fee. I will not disagree that point. This is the last post I will make on the subject. I will not turn this into an argument, just providing for facts for already confusing process.
This being taken from Colorado DOW website:
Species hunted and available to hunters by limited license draw include: Elk, Deer, Pronghorn, Bear, Turkey, Moose, and Bighorn Sheep. Ranching for Wildlife licenses are open to Colorado residents only. The number of licenses on each ranch is determined by negotiations between the landowner and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Public licenses on each ranch are available to the public through Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s draw process. The hunts are very popular with hunters and it can often require five or more points to draw male or either sex licenses. See the estimated points needed to draw by going to the Participating Ranches page.
Licenses issued for these ranches may only be used on the specified ranch. Hunters obtaining a license to hunt on these private ranches are given access to private property that would otherwise be closed to the public. When agreed to by CPW managers the ranches may impose additional conditions to distribute hunters and harvest across the ranch for hunt quality and harvest management reasons. Ranches may also require the use of guides – but when required the guide service is provided free of charge and tipping guides for free services is strictly forbidden. Some ranches may offer additional optional services such as packing, guiding, or lodging and may charge for these optional services.